Bridge to Terabithia

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Disney does a fantastic job bringing the children’s classic by Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia to the big screen. Living with four sisters, a mom and a hard working, strict father named Jack (Robert Patrick), ten year old Jesse Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) doesn’t have much money. Being poor is all the kids at school need for a reason to tease and bully him. Jesse loves to race but on the first day of school he has to wear his older sisters pink hand me down sneakers. (I wouldn’t know for sure, but I’ve been told that my wife has me wearing pink shoes sometimes.) A girl who just moved in next door to Jesse named Leslie Burke (Annasophia Robb) runs in a race with the boys and beats Jesse. Jesse is upset until he realizes Leslie is also an outsider at school and they soon become friends. Jesse is an artist and Leslie is a writer and together, they invent a magical kingdom called Terabithia around an old run down treehouse they find in the woods. Whenever they are here, they’re the King and Queen who fight off giant squirrels and are attacked by ferocious birds. (When I was in the fifth grade I just tried to imagine I had a girlfriend.) Life is fine for Jesse until one day he goes to the museum with his teacher Ms. Edmonds (Zooey Deschanel) when tragedy strikes. This is a must see film about the trials, tribulations, sorrows and joys of life. Everything about this movie is perfect. The story is believable, none of the characters are stereotyped and best of all, there are no fart jokes. (You can bet I would have heard them.) Hutcherson and robb don’t simply play the parts of Jesse and Leslie – they become them. When they handled the sensitive third act with dignity and elegance, I heard some sniffling in the theater. (NO it wasn’t me.) This is a powerful film that will entertain and educate viewers of all ages. I’m giving this family fantasy an A rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
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